It is as if Hitchcock had discovered digital illustration when Alberto Mena steps behind the lens. While not shooting exclusively in black and white, much of Mena’s photography is reminiscent of the chilling but unflinchingly understated shots from the classic filmmaker’s repertoire. Inspired but never derivative, Mena, masterfully drives his work’s foreboding chiaroscuro into to the 21st century, creating traditional and digital hybrids with techniques gleaned as an illustrator for Business Week Magazine. The result is both “vintage” and “cutting-edge,” remarkable in its emotional evocation. Newly represented by WAAS Gallery, Mena presents his first solo show at 2722 Logan St. with Dream With Me, running from June through July 26. The opening reception is 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday. Call 626-731-LOVE or visit waasgallery.com for more details.
Thu., June 28 & 7-10 p.m., 2012